Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Need Me

I was talking with a young lady on yesterday, when she did something totally unexpected. In the midst of exchanging the usual pleasantries of our day, she excitedly thrust her left hand right under my nose. Now in my line of work that happens quite a bit, so one would think I’d be prepared. After offering heartfelt congratulations and admiring her intended’s taste in jewelry (he really did an awesome job), I naturally started asking questions about her upcoming nuptials. (I am an event planner, after all, it’s second nature.) You know, the when’s, where’s, and how’s of it all. After obliging my curiosity, she stated rather matter of factly, “And I’m thinking of planning everything myself.”

A hush fell over the room. Think of those Visa commercials where everyone is paying for their goods by swiping their cards and one lone customer decides to pay with cash, thereby throwing everything out of whack. You get the picture. Once the normal flow of the universe resumed, I pressed my card into her newly engaged palm and told her, should she ever have need of me, I’m just a phone call away. This exchange is what sparked the idea for today’s post. Why should I hire a wedding planner? It’s something I’m asked all the time, so I thought I’d extol our virtues, one by one.

1. Skills – Your planner has their pulse on everything that’s new and happening in the events industry. She knows the latest design trends and how to bring your vision to life. Plus she knows the cream of the crop where vendors are concerned. You should see my rolodex (wink)!

2. Coordinate – For the lifetime of your event, she functions as your very own personal assistant in a manner of speaking. She’ll interview vendors such as florists, venues and photographers and schedule all of your appointments. Can you say “cake tasting”?

3. Resolve – One of the most important roles your planner will have is to be your advocate. She will work on your behalf to mediate any issues that arise with your chosen vendors or even your family members. She’ll even delicately explain to your future mother-in-law that while you appreciate her fashion sense, your dress will have neither puffed sleeves nor a large bow above your bum.

4. Assist – Your planner will help you navigate the terrain of contracts, permits and paperwork. It’s her job to know the ins and outs and to make sure you get the best price for your services. If you’re planning to wed in Aruba, do you know the residency requirements? I do:)

5. Lead – When your big day arrives, your planner and team are there to take the reins. She’ll be front and center to make sure every detail is taken care of from the music cues to deliveries to keeping an eye on your precocious little ring bearer. The caterer can’t find the reception site? No worries, I’ve got you covered.
And to quote BFF Bridal, I'll be your new BFF or at least until you say "I do". Now, doesn't that put your mind at ease?

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